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Waiting For Spring

3.68  ·  Rating Details  ·  418 Ratings  ·  74 Reviews
The pain in Tess Dyer’s heart stems from a lifetime of rejection: by her distant mother, by a string of one-night stands, and by her husband, Jason. He promised to love her forever, yet here she is, divorced and shunned in her own town. She tries everything to dull the pain: sex, work, and endlessly cleaning the house. Finally, in a fit of despair, she abandons the small t ...more
Paperback, 480 pages
Published May 10th 2011 by AmazonEncore (first published 2007)
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Scott Collins
Nov 26, 2010 Scott Collins rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
While this book doesn't fall into my normal reading genres, I'm very happy I went outside my comfort zone and read this book. I found the characters well developed, even the ones I didn't like. The story kept me engaged and I even engaged the text to speech feature (which I don't really like) so that I could "read" in the car. I was very moved by this book, both positively and negatively. I found myself saddened by some of the trials of the characters and filled with hope by others. Thank you RJ ...more
Dec 07, 2009 Karen rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Actually, I guess this book could be a 2 1/2 star book, because there were many places where the writing very good.

My disklikes: Too much adult language (very distracting), and too much sex, that didn't add to the story. The book was too long, if 100 pages had been edited out, it would have been better. The ending was very good. I think my biggest problem was that I couln't sympathize with the main character, I didn't like her. I almost liked the other characters better.

My likes: Some of the p
This book could benefit from serious editing, 30 percent of it could and should be deleted. Length does not always equal quality. Excess can (and did) result in a very annoyed reader.
Bud Mallar
Jun 21, 2014 Bud Mallar rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another Kindle Daily Deal - okay, so they suck you in on a $2 price for the first book of a 20 book series - each of which is at least $10.99 - but they also offer some new authors, and occasionally an established author - which gives you a chance to try something new/different.

And, although I live in Dallas, TX, my heart belongs in Maine, so 'anything' Maine draws my attention.

You can go read the story line somewhere else, this is a book about people with problems/challenges and just trying to
Mar 18, 2014 Cheryl rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Generally I like a little chick lit now and then. And to be fair, the pace and flow of the book was great and, whether you liked them or not, the characters were full blown and alive so kudos to the author for that. It's very possible the timing of my reading of this wasn't great but I honestly really didn't like it. I think I am just personally getting tired of stories about women that are almost 40 acting like they're in their late teens. Maybe today's society is just way more juvenile than wh ...more
I Read
May 27, 2009 I Read rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: general-life
To begin with my expectations were low of this book but I am glad I persisted as the author surprised me by producing a work that, although quite unlike anything I've read in the past, produced deep characters and a plot that kept me read till the end. I enjoyed the style of writing; the way Tess experienced and viewed the world and people around her. Another aspect which I favoured was how each item mentioned turned out later to have a significance and meaning beyond it's initial appearance.

Misty Baker
Jan 06, 2012 Misty Baker rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
When I read a book I become emotionally engrossed in it, sometimes this habit is good, because the book will brighten my mood or make me a stronger person, while other times the words that flow from the pages (to create the movie in my head) leave little burn marks, like a projector that was wound to tightly. “Waiting for Spring” was the later.

I have read so many books lately that focus on peoples inability to control, rely, or believe in themselves that it’s starting to make me wonder if this i
Kathleen Crowell
I thought the beginning really captured the sadness and pain of the main character Tess. But it never ended and just seemed to get worse and worse. I hated the constant "counting" the main character did--from the steps to her apartment to how many days since something bad happened. Maybe I missed something there. I obviously got that Tess used sex for validation, etc...but the sex in this book (usually called f--ing) got old really fast. For someone who supposedly thought in terms of color, and ...more
Dec 30, 2011 Erin rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This is a tough one to review because I was sucked into the story and wanted to know what happened, but I felt like the book was way too long and just wanted it to end. I got annoyed at the mopey main character--think Bella Swan times a hundred. She hates herself because her mother hated her and because she had sex with tons of guys to try to make herself feel better. There were also see things I found unrealistic. On the plus side, I felt like I was rooting for the main characters, and I could ...more
Helen Smith
Jun 19, 2010 Helen Smith rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I liked the warm, flawed, funny heroine in Waiting for Spring. Tess and the situations she found herself in felt authentic, as if the writer was writing from the heart if not actually drawing on episodes from her own life. Tess deals with tragedy, love, sex, work , heartache and loss during the course of the book - and all of it feels credible.

On a separate note, the author has made a series of funny short films with her fellow author Kristen Tsetsi about 'the writer's life' which I enjoyed very
Elena Aitken
Mar 09, 2012 Elena Aitken rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book. From the very first page, I was hooked by the writing style and couldn't put it down. I started it thinking that I knew how it would play out. I was wrong. The author surprised me countless times.
I laughed, and I cried. A book that can do both has my vote!
I've recommended this one to all my friends.
Good stuff.
Apr 08, 2012 Astrid rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this book. The story felt so real I couldn't put it down even when I was too tired and sleepy to hold my phone in front of my face. It was an emotional roller coaster, I could feel not only Tess' pain, but the whole range of emotions every character went through. Thank you so much for it, Kel!
Jun 15, 2015 Tami rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Should have listened to the other reviewers. It is much more violent that it appears in the summary etc. And this author uses waaaay too many words. In one paragraph says the same thing 5 different ways, over and over.
Mar 06, 2009 Cribquilter rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2009-reads
This book has captured raw emotion like no other I have ever read. I wept many times while reading this. I ached for the leading character. It was a good book I liked it
It was a beautiful story of family, pain, forgiveness, love and moving on. But it feels a little too wordy.
Jul 23, 2014 Sgrefe rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
Couldn't put it down - first time I've finished a book in 2 days in about 5 years
Denise Vasak
Oct 11, 2015 Denise Vasak rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This book was ROUGH. It was CRAZY long and really didn't say a whole lot. The idea was strong, but along the way there was weird formatting (kindle edition) variations of spelling the same name and random capitalizations throughout. The story seemed not to know what to do with itself, but the main female character seemed to just intuitively "know" so much yet she couldn't fix her life? The whole story was sad and long and drawn out. I kept reading only because I had invested so much time already ...more
Craig Lancaster
Jul 26, 2010 Craig Lancaster rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The emotional honesty of this book -- in ways that will make your heart soar and stop it cold -- is startling. In a world of fiction inundated with two-dimensional women who are shopaholics, fashionistas or crime-fighting, ass-kicking FBI agents (or, God forbid, crime-fighting, ass-kicking FBI agents who wear haute couture and slink around the mall), R.J. Keller's Tess is rough-edged, whipsmart, beaten down and indomitable. She's real. You can get your arms around her.

I have two small -- very sm
Oct 08, 2010 Megan rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: random-novels
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Jul 10, 2015 Moriah rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ebook
It’s been a long time since I threw common sense to the wind and stayed up to finish a book knowing how much I had to do the next day, but not resenting it the next day because it was totally worth it.

This book has no spiffy genre classification. After some thought, I think I’d call it ‘literary romance.’ I don’t know what ‘women’s fiction’ is and I’m not sure I really even know what ‘chick lit’ is, but I’m pretty sure it’s not either of those. And you know, lately, I’ve been very happy with the
Apr 14, 2011 Laurel-Rain rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A long line of people have rejected Tess Dyer, even before the final rejection from her husband Jason. The husband who had been a childhood friend, a town star, and the one who had promised to love her forever.

So what will happen next to a woman whose heart is frozen, like the soil that is hard before the Spring thaw?

She moves a few miles away, to another small Maine town, hoping to start over. To create a new life and new memories. And she meets Brian, who fills her heart and life...for awhile.
Philip Nork
Jul 13, 2010 Philip Nork rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The feeling I have after reading “Waiting for Spring” by RJ Keller is one of hopefulness.
Immediately after meeting the main character, Tess, I had a feeling of connection with her. She is an ordinary middle-aged woman who has some baggage she carries around (like the rest of us) and some deep-seeded fears just waiting to come out.
From her mother she gets nothing but hatred…about messing up her plans for life, about Tess’s ill attempt at marriage and the decision she made about not wanting kids
Cheryl Anne Gardner
For a standard “woman starting over after a failed relationship” type of story, this one had a rough edge to it that I liked -- liked a lot. If more contemporary women's fiction was written like this, I would read more of it. Tess, our narrator and main character, is a little off. She is Neurotic. Very. Very. Neurotic. Not to mention: cynical, sarcastic, and self-absorbed. Not much to like really, but considering her dysfunctional childhood, her bleak outlook on life seems somewhat justified. Sh ...more
Mar 31, 2011 Patty rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Waiting For Spring
R.J. Keller

This book was one of Amazon’s Encore books…it just did not get noticed enough and that is quite sad. It told a really great story and the author did it in a spellbinding intense riveting sort of way.

It is the story of Tess. She is a huge disappointment to her parents...and feels that her mother really intensely dislikes her. She has been unfaithful to her husband of 11 years because his belief about having a family suddenly differs from hers. She does something u
I finished this book the other night... well, umm like 4 am in the morning actually! HAHA. I seriously couldn't put it down! I first started it at the beginning of spring break, but new pretty quickly it was more suited to alone time, where I could totally fall into the story (with no kids distracting me by running around playing ball or begging to go fishing!) I reluctantly put it down till this week.. and wow! Just simply Wow! I loved the raw honesty in this book. The Character development is ...more
Jul 10, 2010 Celia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Tess Dyer not only waits for spring, she is waiting for much else, in this leisurely novel which explores various aspects of contemporary family and parenthood, love and community, and the impact on them of addictions (of various sorts) and self-destructive behavior. Tess’s mood is as bleak, her emotions as frozen as winter in an isolated Maine community, to which she has fled following upon divorce, to try and build something of a new life for herself. There she finds friends – and lovers as we ...more
LK Hunsaker
Sep 10, 2012 LK Hunsaker rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm trying to give this book a 5 and would like to give it 4.5. This is a beautiful searching story filled with raw emotions, prevalent cultural issues, family strife, and the blockades of building a true love relationship.

**semi-spoilers ahead**

What prevents a 5 star rating: 1) too much repetition of sex and vulgarity without real cause for it, which makes it feel like shock value more than real Story value, 2) too much of the "waiting" theme, and 3) a weaker ending than the story deserves.

Sep 25, 2012 Calli rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In her debut novel, "Waiting for Spring," R. J. Keller shows a tremendous amount of talent and promise. Superbly plotted and vividly characterized, the inhabitants of this world will remain with the reader far beyond the rather substantial duration of the book. With an exquisite, bold realism, Keller unfurls the lives of these characters to the reader without flinching in the face of their flaws, resulting in a far more recognizable, affecting experience than I anticipated from the description.

Gwenn Wright
May 13, 2011 Gwenn Wright rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It's one of those things you do as an independent writer. You offer to read other people's self-published books and write a review because you need to support each other. Added to that, the author is a friend of a friend of a friend and you kind of virtually know each other, so you want to do the right thing.

So, groaning inside, I offered to read a virtual friend's eBook. The cover art looked dull and not promising and then I remember, my cover art isn't so hot either. Good cover art is difficu
Christine Natz
I seriously thought that I was going to fall into depression by the time I finished this book. I'm half-kidding. I also thought that I was going to absolutely hate it by the time I'm done, but surprisingly, I don't. Confused? I am, too.

When I started it I was kind of annoyed with Keller's style of writing. There were a LOT of staccato sentences and it kind of pissed me off. But once I got to the second chapter, I got used to it because I think I got drawn in. Drawn in on the lead's world, her fe
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R.J. Keller is the author of WAITING FOR SPRING and the co-host of Book Chatter with Stacey Cochran, an internet talk show that features interviews with authors and publishing professionals. An avid independent movie enthusiast, she was Managing Editor of The Movie Fanatic website and currently writes, shoots, and edits episodes of the writer-centric YouTube show, Inside The Writers’ Studio, with ...more
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“I wanted to tell her to never change, to never let her heart get trampled down and hard. But she’d remember that, too. And right now she didn’t know that there was any other way to be. That her heart, her soul, could ever be anything other than soft and lovely and fertile. And she needed to stay that way as long as she could.” 5 likes
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